Tag Archives: OSHA

When A Work Related Injury Occurs

25 Oct

REPORT ALL INJURIES – TO YOUR WORKERS’ COMPENSATION INSURER. IF THE INJURY IS LIFE THREATENING – CALL 911
Once the injured worker is stabilized and sent to an MPN (Medical Provider Network) doctor, immediately call your Insurance Company to report the injury.
THE FIRST 24 HOURS ARE IMPORTANT
There are two key steps that must be followed once the injury is reported and treatment initiated.
1. EMPLOYEE CLAIM FORM (DWC-1)
You must provide the injured worker with the Employee Claim Form (DWC-1) within 24 hours of being notified of the injury. You must also provide the Medical Provider Network Notice (MPN Notice For Employees) within 24 hours of claim notification to the injured worker. MPN Notice For Employees
2. LOG OF WORK-RELATED INJURIES AND ILLNESSES
Employers with 11 or more employees, except those industries classified as retail, service, finance and real estate are required to track records of work related injuries using the Cal/Osha Form 300.
RETURN TO WORK
Almost all injured workers can return to work the next day after an injury and do some type of activity. The difference to you as an employer is claims costs is tremendous. The average cost of a workers’ compensation claim, IF the worker comes back the next day is about $700. IF THE WORKER DOES NOT RETURN THE NEXT DAY COSTS AN AVERAGE OF $11,000!

New YouTube Video Available For Safety Training For Your Workers Regarding Heat Illness

20 Aug

The summer is not over, and employers have a continuing obligation under OSHA, particularly California employers under the Cal/OSHA heat illness prevention rules, to train employees about the dangers of heat illness and how to protect themselves. You have a new tool to help in that effort: an on line video on YouTube.com presented by Don Dressler Consulting and www.CalWorkSafety.com.

Check out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnrwrewOaGE.  This is a fast paced information packed video using power point material designed for your employees on the very first day on the job.

Half Way Through the Year – Have You Done Hazard Inspections?

10 Jul

A key to safety and also OSHA compliance is hazard identification and correction.

These are essential elements in California’s written safety plans or Illness and Injury Prevention Plans.

Each company has some choice in how frequeently it conducts hazard inspections, although OSHA regulatons also specifiy that inspections need to occur when new equipment or processes are installed, when hazards are brought to the company’s attention, and some other specific times. But it is good pracice, and almost essential to have somo rregular schedule of safety inspections or hazard inspections as well. So, it’s already July – have you conducted any inspections yer?

If you need help, suggested inspection checklists to use, or advice, just check our new website, www.CalWorkSafety.com or email me at DonDressler1@hotmail.com

Driving Safety – Distracted Driving Classified as Epidemic

15 Jun

Distracted driving, whether drivers are using cell phones on the road, “texting while driving” or otherwise not paying attention to their driving, has become so much a problem that the US Dept. of Transportation and Federal OSHA have combined to launch a new distracted driving initiative. 

An you as an employer, or a driver on our roads, should join in and help. Millions of workers’ jobs require them to spend part or all of their work day driving ― visiting clients and customers, making site visits, or delivering goods and services, or just commuting to work. 

The human toll is tragic. DOT reports that in 2009, more than 5,400 people died in crashes linked to distraction and thousands more were injured. “Texting while driving” has become such a prominent hazard that 30 states now ban text messaging for all drivers. In 2010  an estimated additional 416,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.  Continue reading

Study Says Cal/OSHA Inspections Do No Harm

27 May

Are Cal/OSHA and other safety regulations bad for business? Not according to a just-released study by economic researchers from the University of California at Berkeley, Harvard University and Boston University.

Comparing companies that received random Cal/OSHA high-hazard inspections with those also on the Highest Hazard Employer list, but not inspected, employers receiving attention from the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) experienced an almost 10% decline in injuries and illnesses and a 26% reduction in injury cost.

These gains did not take a toll on business, however, the researchers report. “We find no evidence that these improvements came at the expense of employment, sales, credit ratings for firm survival,” they say. Continue reading

Are You Paying the Price of Failing to Comply?

23 May

For many employers, the difficult economy seems to continue – regardless of the news stories about a slow recovery from the recession.  Struggling with these challenges, along with all of the pressures of time, competitive demands, etc. seem to take some much attention and effort that some compliance steps with employment and safety laws can be forgotten. 

After all, who has time to train, when you are working so hard just to finds sales?  Why is it so important to have “start and stop” time records when you are paying employees anyway?  Why do the details of the wage and hour laws or OSHA matter?  Do they make you any money?

Well- just like the FRAM commercials used to day, “pay me know or pay me later”.  Only in failing to comply with these lows, later is often not only quite expensive but painful as well.  Continue reading